RUBENS, Peter Paul
(b. 1577, Siegen, d. 1640, Antwerpen)
Virgin in Adoration before the Christ Childc. 1615
Oil on panel, 65 x 50 cm
Rockox House, Antwerp
The Virgin in Adoration before the Christ Child (see p. 43) and Christ on the Cross (see p. 49). The Virgin in Adoration before the Christ Child, an intimate, homely scene which forges an emotional link between maternal love and piety, dates from c. 1615 and is typical of Rubens' work around this time, in the balance and clarity of the composition, the sculptural proportions of the figures and the somewhat cool use of colour.